MOSCOW – A woman who carried the severed head of a child into a Moscow metro station Monday has been arrested, the city’s prosecutor’s office said.
Moscow police said they believe the woman murdered the child, whom she was baby-sitting. The child was believed to have been 3 or 4 years old.
The baby sitter is accused of waiting until the parents and older sibling of the victim left the house, then killing the child and setting fire to the apartment, where she allegedly left the body, according to a release from Moscow’s Central Investigation Unit.
Media outlets have published a blurred version of the graphic video allegedly showing the woman holding the boy’s head.
An amateur video shows the woman walking outside the metro station saying, “I am a terrorist. I hate you — the enemy.”
Police are not yet calling the case terror-related.
Authorities did not identify the woman but said she was born in 1977 and is from central Asia. They are treating the case as a murder investigation.
The suspect will undergo a forensic psychiatric examination.
An investigation into the case is ongoing.
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